downcast

Definitions

  • Two babies looking downcast
    Two babies looking downcast
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj downcast filled with melancholy and despondency "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face","gloomy predictions","a gloomy silence","took a grim view of the economy","the darkening mood","lonely and blue in a strange city","depressed by the loss of his job","a dispirited and resigned expression on her face","downcast after his defeat","feeling discouraged and downhearted"
    • adj downcast directed downward "a downcast glance"
    • n downcast a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Downcast (Mining) A ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.
    • a downcast Cast downward; directed to the ground, from bashfulness, modesty, dejection, or guilt. "'T is love, said she; and then my downcast eyes,
      And guilty dumbness, witnessed my surprise."
    • downcast depressed; dispirited; dejected; -- of people.
    • Downcast Downcast or melancholy look. "That downcast of thine eye."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • downcast Cast or directed downward: as, a downcast eye or look.
    • downcast Hence Depressed; dejected: as, a down-cast spirit.
    • downcast In mining, descending. The current of air taken from the surface to ventilate the interior of a coal-mine is called the downcast current, and the shaft through which it is conveyed the downcast shaft.
    • n downcast A downward look: generally implying sadness or pensiveness.
    • n downcast In mining, the ventilating shaft down which the air passes in circulating through a mine.
    • n downcast In ship-building, a duct or trunk with a cowl or hood at its upper end, arranged to drive air down into the interior of a vessel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Downcast dejected
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A corr. of M. E. a-dawn, adun—A.S. of dúne, 'from the hill'—A.S. dún, a hill.

Usage

In literature:

So that laugh did us both good, and moreover took away some of the downcast look from our faces when next we spoke to our charge.
"A Thane of Wessex" by Charles W. Whistler
The white-faced nun in her somber dress, rode between, with serious countenance and downcast eyes.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
But you are downcast, and I thought that you might have the longing for home on you.
"A King's Comrade" by Charles Whistler
Whatever may happen to me, I will never be downcast.
"The Poor Gentleman" by Hendrik Conscience
But Eadgyth's eyes were downcast, though she was pleased.
"Wulfric the Weapon Thane" by Charles W. Whistler
Her downcast eyes had seen the stride he had made closer to her, and she wanted to run.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
All make way in silence, and accompany her passage with downcast looks, without speaking.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
The sight of those dead bodies on the Pilgrim had made me utterly downcast.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
The hymn melted the hearts of many that stood around, and tears now stood in the singer's downcast eyes.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
The other girls were too downcast and wretched to notice the transformation.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
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In poetry:

As Sapar-beg told Haji-Iusub
The story of his infamy,
His head was bent in shame and grief,
And tears streamed from his downcast eye
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
We read—and smile; no man thou wast;
No human pulses thine could be;
With downcast eyes we read—and sigh;
So terrible is purity!
"The Terrible Test" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Fair was the face that o’er it leant,
The cheeks with beauteous blushes dyed;
The downcast lashes, shyly bent,
That failed to hide
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
The fatal truth the sufferer read
In weeping Lucy's downcast eye:
"And must I, must I, then," he said,
"Ere thou art mine, my Lucy, die!
"Ballad" by Amelia Opie
Take comfort, rear thy downcast eyes,
Above this earthly ball aspire,
Observe the heavens, Jesus' prize!
The heav'ns, of which he made thee heir!
"A Comfortable Conference Between A Pious Sick Man And His Soul, Against The Fear Of Death" by Rees Prichard
"Mercy!" he touches her hand unbidden—
"The air is balmy, I pray you stay—
Mercy?" Her downcast eyes are hidden,
And never a word she has to say.
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Arnold Schwarzenegger's public confessional is on full display this week, replete with lingering pauses, downcast eyes and apologies for the grand betrayal of his wife and children.
"You got the wrong ones," her friend announced, with eyes downcast at Holly's new shoes, which were pink, plastic, and closely resembled those wildly trendy Crocs .
THE cartoonist, were we drawing him, would be full body and partly turned away, the shoulders protectively hunched, the eyes downcast, and, as the cartoonist is Ben Katchor, rendered with a gray wash.
Accused Colorado Shooter Looks Downcast In Court.
Papa John's issues downcast '09 outlook.
From Downcast to Upbeat at Lotus.
A downcast Gov Jerry Brown Jr walked past hostile state workers at a rally outside the Capitol in Sacramento, California, Thursday, June 29, 1978 where he spoke to the gathering.
In the crush of rush hour on public transit, scores of downcast eyes, distant stares and pinging devices signal a collective retreat into our own worlds.
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss.
Did it surface first in Cain, offering unfavored, downcast brother-killer in the wide-mouthed field.
A downcast Cristiano Ronaldo faces up to Real Madrid's defeat by city rivals Getafe in La Liga.
Big smiles replace Laureldale girl's downcast gaze seen around world.
HIGH SCHOOL was a lost cause for Priscilla Rivera, a child of the downcast mill city of Holyoke, Mass.
Mary's face and downcast eyes are in keeping with standard depictions of her.
"Everything looks bad to me," Nathan confessed, downcast.
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